June 20, 2006 Zaragoza, Spain -- Aragon Photonics Labs S.L., developer and manufacturer of all-optical, high-resolution measurement instruments, has implemented new software functionalities in its BOSA high-resolution optical spectrum analyzer (OSA). The new software includes a Macro Editor Tool to enable the user to automate his/her own measurements and applications that take advantage of BOSA real-time measurements.
Using the BOSA as controller, the user may set up his/her own experiments, including other external devices that can now be controlled by the BOSA through its GPIB interface. This enhancement will be introduced in the ECOC 2006 show in Cannes, France, at the end of September.
The BOSA-C covers the C-band (L-band on request). With a resolution of 0.08 pm (10 MHz) and extended dynamic range of 80 dB, the BOSA-C also offers the ability to measure large spans up to the complete band, reaching simultaneously the outstanding (not typical) resolution and dynamic range specified. The company's proprietary all-optical technology avoids electrical conversion and filtering and enables real-time measurements.
Originally intended for the design and test of active components, the BOSA allows designers and manufacturers of optical sources to reach the real noise floor of the signal under test, which usually is hidden by the dynamic range of measurement systems based on heterodyne methods. The real-time capability and high resolution of the BOSA make the study of RF signals transmitted over fiber an easy task, the company asserts. The broad measurement span is ideal for the characterization of laser combs and pulsed lasers, the company adds.